This Ohio State education abroad program in India, is designed to introduce students in Social Work majors and other related human service fields to social, health and economic practices in context to a developing country. This program will introduce students to the history, culture and society of India. It will also cover contents related to health and mental health programs in India. The three week program will be taught in English by faculty members affiliated with the Madras and Karnataka Universities.
This program includes field trips to sites of historic and cultural importance and to local social, health and mental health agencies. These and other excursions are an integral part of the program and are required of all participants.
The program will be held in two locations in southern states of India: Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Bangalore, Karnataka. Situated along the Bay of Bengal, the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) is India's fourth largest city and is considered the major educational and cultural center in the south. Chennai boasts a beautiful palm tree-lined coastline, stunning Victorian era buildings, and a rich cultural life with distinctive traditions of art and cuisine.
Bangalore is located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka and it is India's third most populous city. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is a major economic hub and the fastest growing major metropolis in India. It is considered the "silicon valley" of India, with many modern amenities and a culturally rich heritage in music, arts and science.
Student accommodations in both locations are modest, shared rooms with hot water, western style toilets and air conditioning.
Dr. Shantha Balaswamy
Education Abroad Coordinator
Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Social Work 5798.01 for summer term 2017. Lectures will be provided by the faculty of the host institution as well as by other local experts.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, undergraduate students must have a 2.7 GPA and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a program fee of $2,260. The program fee includes lodging, some meals, local transportation, activities, visa fees, and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, some meals or personal expenses.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country-specific information)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of an issuance or change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
None at this time.